Chiquita Brands International , the company at the hub of a trade dispute between the US and the European Union over bananas, has announced that it will halt debt repayments and ask investors to consent to a restructuring of US$862mn (€914.3mn ) of bond debt. The action could culminate with the banana company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection later this year, the company said Tuesday.  Any proposed deal with bondholders would involve a swap of debt for equity.